Coming Together as a Community
There are countless stories about Y staff, volunteers, members and partners going above and beyond to lend a helping hand to those recovering from Hurricane Irma. In particular, the Y’s Veggie Van – A Mobile Market Place proved to be a valuable resource to hurricane victims. The Hillsborough County Social Services Department reached out to Veggie Van Program Director Elizabeth Roman, who immediately sprang into action. With the help of passionate Kforce volunteers who donated their time and muscles, the Veggie Van gave out 200 bags of free fresh produce at King’s Manor Apartments on Columbus Drive. The residents were very appreciative to receive fresh fruit and veggies as they struggled to live without electricity for days.
Likewise, the Sulphur Springs YMCA partnered with the Sulphur Springs Museum to host a community clean-up day with community partners and residents. At the event, the Y, in coordination with the Red Cross, Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise, City of Tampa and Diane Hart of the East Tampa Business Association, gave away 500 boxes of nonperishable food, water, diapers, ice and hot meals. Cricket Mobile also donated bottled water and portable phone chargers.
Thanks to the generosity of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, the Y hosted bounce houses, games and face painting stations to get students outdoors playing during their extended break from school. Tampa Police officers volunteered to help ensure everyone’s safety during the entire event.
Our extended Y family sure knows how to make effective change happen fast. Thanks for caring about your community!
Pictured above: Days after Hurricane Irma left many local residents without power, the Sulphur Springs Y hosted a community clean-up day with community partners and residents.